To Yahoo Developers:
This has been discussed here before but it's an issue again with the redesigned mail interface.
For those of us who like to display inbox messages in ascending order, i.e., newer messages at the bottom of the listing, the Up and Down arrow buttons that get displayed when viewing a particular email are once again out of synch with our sort order.
In other words, when I'm viewing one email and preparing to go to the next email, I'm tempted to click on the Down arrow because that is the direction that "next" messages are displayed in my inbox. However, the Down arrow is the graphic for "previous" in the redesigned interface.
If arrows must be used, how about a Left and Right arrow to indicate previous and next instead? I think that would be both neutral in regard to sort order and still intuitively sensible since we're used to reading from left to right. Right would feel like next regardless of the user's inbox sort order.
Or just display buttons with the words PREV and NEXT?
OR (and I'd like to see this change implemented regardless of how the sort order/arrow issue is resolved) have the delete button take the user to the chronologically next message rather than the next message down in the list. If delete always did that, then I'd change my sort order to descending (i.e., new messages at the top) and not have to complain about the button direction anymore. The thing is I like to read messages in chronological order and usually proceed to the next message by deleting the current message. That only works when messages are sorted with newer messages at the bottom, which of course puts me out of synch with the arrows.